Thrift Store Finds = DIY Cake Stand

Project: Cake Stand
Items Used:

  • Two silver plated metal platters from Goodwill
  • Two silver plated candlestick holders from Goodwill
  • Loctite Epoxy Adhesive

Tools Needed:

  • Sandpaper
  • A heavy book, or some type of weight
  • Disposable plate/wooden popsicle stick for mixing and spreading the glue

In every googled picture of a pinterest-worthy party, there is always a beautifully decorated table with little food and dessert bites laid out on delicate platters. I suppose there is that saying that “you eat with your eyes” so food that is exquisitely displayed on a platter must taste better than its equal that is thrown unceremoniously on a dinner plate.

With a few family birthday parties coming up, I was inspired to try to make my own cake stands to up the fancy-level on our parties by a notch. I visited my local Goodwill and was excited to find a pair of really nice silver plated platters and candlestick stands. Amid all the options and possible combinations of stands and platters, I opted to get matching metal pieces so I wouldn’t have to spray paint them, and I chose candlesticks that had good heft to them so they wouldn’t be so easy to knock over.
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Ironically, I found an actual cake stand but refused to be so easily swayed from my quest for DIY.

To prep the pieces, I used a piece of sandpaper rough up the edges that were going to be attached (the top of the candlestick and the bottom of the metal platter).

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After extensive research on glue types and recommendations, while standing in front of the glue display, I opted for Loctite Epoxy adhesive. It is comprised of an epoxy resin and a hardener, which you squirt out using the plunger and mix together, and by some magic, bonds just about everything. It also smells nasty.

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I stuck the candlestick to the bottom and weighted it down with a book for about 24 hours.

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And here’s my finished product:

Photo Credit:

Just kidding. I borrowed this picture from Amazon since I took neither a picture of the finished cake stand nor the cake stand in action. However, I think Iggy Azalea sums up the sentiment of using my new creation well enough.